In 1943, a Belorussian boy finds a rifle buried in the sand and unwittingly gets thrust into the Soviet Union’s battle against the German Nazi regime during World War II where he witnesses the horrors of battle.
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Come and See has got to be the most brutal and most realistic yet disturbing potrayal of war I have ever seen. It's as if Elements Klimov didn't direct a film but shot a live documentation of the events. The film is not your typical war that is antiwar or takes sides and make hero's out of it's characters. It only potrays war as it is and who were the victims,and that itself will leave a lasting impression to you.
To me, Klimov stands as one of the very few directors who has managed to use this grade of sheer brutality as a leitmotif and turn it into a poem of sorts, a poem only a tormented mind could envision. In that aspect the directorial style is an explosion of bravado that will most likely be the responsible for getting your attention from the very first scene.
A shite film. Stilted, slow-moving and viciously anti-German with annoying camerawork. Has some good crowd scenes but dragged out over 2.5 hrs. A bit of skilful editing could have made it into a decent short (10-12 mins).
Astonishing, it pulls you in like a vacuum and suffocates in sound as it fractures within escalating intensity. The tactics are so brilliantly executed- you literally feel as though you are being ripped at the seams.
The sound design is ghastly, and is an apt approximation, sonically, of the intense horrors of war. The images are equally weighty. There is a slight, undeniable surrealistic edge to the film that sets it aside from others in its class. The grit and rawness only accent that. It's powerful. I'm just surprised I didn't hear about this film earlier.
Remarkable and unsettling recount of the holocaust in Byelorussia. Director Elem Klimov's approach is crude, brutal and precise, just the right tone for this horrific odyssey of inhumanity, death and utter chaos. the final montage is spellbinding.